Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities that produce as many puppies as possible with minimal cost to (and maximal financial gain for) the operator. In puppy mills, dogs are routinely denied the most basic of their needs—proper shelter, food, water, veterinary care, exercise, ventilation and socialization.
Life is particularly bad for “breeding stock dogs” who live their entire lives in cages, forced to produce litter after litter. These animals live a miserable existence without human companionship and with no hope of becoming part of a family. After their fertility wanes, these breeding dogs are commonly killed or abandoned.
Puppies produced in these horrific facilities are sold to pet stores across the country, or directly to the public via the Internet and/or newspaper ads. For the unwitting consumer, this frequently means buying a puppy in need of immediate veterinary care or harboring genetic diseases and problems that surface years later.
A strong federal law should be created to stop puppy mills in Canada, and that adequate funding should be provided to provincial SPCA’s and Humane societies to enforce that law. We need action now or puppy mills will continue to proliferate in Canada, and countless animals will suffer.